First STEP-Next STEP Export Assistance Program 2018-2020
West Virginia was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to receive $250,000 from the agency’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to support the fourth edition of the West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP.
The West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP provides funding to West Virginia small businesses looking to enter (first step) or expand (next step) in the global marketplace. Benefits from exporting include faster sales growth, job creation, continuous innovation and risk mitigation against economic downturns.
Any small business in West Virginia, regardless of their level of export development experience, is invited to learn more about the West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP Program. A variety of activities and resources are available to help small businesses successfully market their products according to their own export expansion objectives.
The West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP program is available from October 1, 2018, through September 29, 2020.
West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP Programs
Dear West Virginia small business, we’re so glad you are here. There are four different funding programs available to you under this Grant. You are welcome to receive funding three times during the current funding period which starts October 1, 2018, through September 29, 2020. Applications must be approved prior to commencement of the proposed export activity and expenses must be incurred during the funding period to be eligible for reimbursement. We invite you to explore your options below and look forward to working with you. The maximum award per funding period is $15,000 per STEP client limited to three export projects, whichever comes first.
Export Promotion Program
Consider this program if your proposed project consists of foreign travel, translations, website development, participation in trade events, etc.
International Trade Exhibition Program
Consider this program if your proposed project is a trade show where your estimated booth related expenses are $5,000 or more. This program mainly supports trade shows in other countries, but trade shows in the U.S. may qualify if they have a strong international attendance.
Closed for the grant year, please consider Program 1 for Trade Show Exhibition assistance.
West Virginia Trade Show Pavilions
Consider this program if you sell to the mining industry. West Virginia Trade Show Pavilions are beautifully designed to fit a few businesses in the same booth. You provide us with your company logo and graphics and our team of talented designers does the rest.
May 6 – 13, 2019
Trade Winds Indo-Pacific
India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
June 30 – July 2, 2019
Summer Fancy Food Show
New York City
August 18 – 23, 2019
Central America Trade Mission
Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama
WV Trade Mission to Canada
February 11 – 16, 2020
Singapore Air Show 2020
Market Finder Reimbursement
Consider this program if you would like to explore the market potential of your products or services in three to five target countries with the intent to pursue market opportunities with a proposed export strategy.
Funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration